Common questions about Medical Cannabis

What is medical cannabis?

Cannabis has two main ingredients tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

THC leads to psychoactive results from consumption. When you buy a product from the street or recreational dispensary, it’s going to be a product with a high percentage of THC.

CBD is the second main ingredient in cannabis. It’s a strong anti-inflammatory substance. You can find CBD over the counter treatment almost in every grocery store and pharmacy.

Medical cannabis has a lower ratio of THC to CBD than recreational versions. 

What does it treat?

By far the biggest symptom being treated by medical cannabis is chronic pain. Multiple studies showed that CBD (non-hallucinogenic part of marijuana) is  an effective pain management tool. It has been claimed that medical cannabis is much safer than opioids or even over the counter pain killers like Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

Medical Cannabis also been used as a part of the medical treatment in conditions like:

  • Anorexia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Appetite loss
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Eating disorders
  • Glaucoma
  • Mental health
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seizures

And more…

How does it work?

The active chemicals in medical cannabis called Cannabinoids.  These elements are similar to the chemicals produced by our own body by endocannabinoid system (ECS). It has a significant  role in regulating a wide range of functions and processes, such as: memory, sleep, appetite,  mood, reproduction system, fertility. Even if you don’t use cannabis, ECS actively exists in your body. The ECS plays a big role in keeping your internal processes stable. 

How do you take it?

  • Smoking
  • Vaping
  • Eat it (cookies, candies, etc.)
  • Drink it (tea, juices, smoothies, etc.)
  • Applying to the skin (lotion, spray, oil, cream, patches)
  • Suppositories

Each method works differently and depends on the heath issue you are aiming to address.

What is the right dosage?

Medical cannabis dosage can vary widely. Factors include consuming method, concentration of active ingredients, person tolerance and many others.

What are the side effects?

Reported side effects include:

  • Fast heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry eyes
  • Anxiety

Where to buy high quality product?

While there are many different excellent companies making CBD from hemp.  I work primarily with two.

  • Lily Hill Farm
  • ECS Therapeutics
I have personally assessed quality of both companies and know that their products are excellent and my patients get good results with them.

While ECS Therapeutics prices are higher they provide very concentrated products like CBD 3000mg/oz.  Both companies use only organically grown hemp.


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